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Subject: He was sick
This show was a "spring forward" show. The clock in my hotel room wasn't changed, and I found myself running to get inside in time. I was in a tizzy, not helped by the acid, and didn't know if Jer's vocals were real or if I was hallucinating it. It wasn't coke and cigarettes. He sounded amazing just a few nights before in NY,and after. Just a bad vocal night for the big guy.
Subject: What the Vocals ?!?
It's quite obvious that Jerry's vocal chords are hurtin bad. Whether it's a cold or laryngitis or just from taking a beating from cigarettes and whatnot. Either way it starts out rough and gets worse. To the point where he gets pissed and throws the mic down on stage and steps back and rips a brief but emotional jam during Black Peter. You can barely hear it but I was there and remember vividly. I did however forget about Weir mimicking Dylan during Memphis Blues. Must of been peaking ;-} overall not a great performance but certainly rare
East Coast Dave in WA -
Subject: Strong jams, too bad about Jerry's pipes, though.......
This show isn't as bad as some say. If Jerry's voice had been better, it would be an easy four stars. The Dead have never been known for excellent singing, and at this stage of the game, Jerry's vocals were just ok even on his best nights (in terms of staying on key, at least). Althea, Crazy Fingers and Don't Ease are more-or-less write offs due to Jerry's voice and/or lyric flubs. Franklin's, Black Peter and Baby Blue I'd call sub-par (even for late period Jerry) but passable. Cold Rain is ok, as well. Plus, the strength of a show does not depend solely on Jerry's singing. Bob, Brent, and even Phil step up to help Jerry out, and the band's playing is strong throughout. This Lovelight is possibly my favorite Bob version, in fact. This would've been a good to really good show if Jerry had sung less (or picked less challenging songs), as it stands, I'd call it on the better side of ok (on the strength of the rest of the band). Having said that, though, I'd say if you weren't there (as I was), you can skip this one unless you're a huge fan of Bobby singing Lovelight. You can find shows from this era, year, and tour where the band plays as well, or even better, than you'll hear on this show, with the added bonus of better-sounding Jerry vocals.
I was there. Jerry was clearly sick. After Althea I couldn't understand why they played Crazy Fingers. Weir, silk shirt and all, saved the day along with Brent.
Very well played, nice set list and a good C Miller remaster. However after hearing Jerry's voice getting worse and worse I have to rate this a three star show. Did he really have a cold or was it cocaine and cigarettes like back in 1985. I swear at least a third of the shows that year he sounded bad.
Subject: Nice show
If I remember correctly, Jerry was fighting a cold. You can hear the stuffiness in Althea. Poor guy :)
But over all a nice show.
Subject: recording is matrix mix(sbd/aud) healy was doing at time
I believe this was a healy matrix mix which explains the aud noise,and the perfect sound. Crazy fingers is a little shaky with the vocals.